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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1996: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 2794)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Summary:

The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous flow of information on the buying habits of American consumers and also furnishes data to support periodic revisions of the Consumer Price Index. The survey consists of two separate components: (1) a quarterly Interview Survey in which each consumer unit in the sample is interviewed every three months over a 15-month period, and (2) a Diary Survey completed by the sample consumer units for two consecutive one-week periods. The Interview Survey was designed to collect data on major items of expense, household characteristics, and income. The expenditures covered by the survey are those that respondents can recall fairly accurately for three months or longer. In general, these expenditures include relatively large purchases, such as those for property, or expenditures that occur on a fairly regular basis, such as rent, utilities, or insurance premiums. Excluded are nonprescription drugs, household supplies, and personal care items. Including global estimates on spending for food, it is estimated that about 90 to 95 percent of expenditures are covered in the Interview Survey. The Detailed Expenditure Files were created from all the major expenditure sections of the Interview Survey questionnaires and contain the most detailed expenditure data from the Interview Survey. Parts 69-72 contain processing files used by the program in Part 73. Part 73, Documentation File, includes a sample program and lists of the data file variables by start position. Parts 75 and 76 are SAS programs that generate means, variances, standard errors, and coefficients of variation.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (16.713 MB)
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DS2:  Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (6.71 MB)
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DS3:  Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (15.987 MB)
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DS4:  Income File, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (10.444 MB)
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DS5:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (22.675 MB)
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DS6:  Member Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (7.911 MB)
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DS7:  Detailed Expenditures, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (20.841 MB)
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DS8:  Income File, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (13.496 MB)
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DS9:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (22.196 MB)
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DS10:  Member Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (7.818 MB)
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DS11:  Detailed Expenditures, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (20.849 MB)
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DS12:  Income File, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (13.285 MB)
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DS13:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (22.82 MB)
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DS14:  Member Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (7.915 MB)
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DS15:  Detailed Expenditures, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (21.223 MB)
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DS16:  Income File, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (13.499 MB)
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DS17:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (23.204 MB)
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DS18:  Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (7.992 MB)
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DS19:  Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (22.604 MB)
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DS20:  Income File, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (14.223 MB)
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DS21:  Major Household Appliances - Download All Files (10.081 MB)
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DS22:  Rented Living Quarters - Download All Files (5.198 MB)
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DS23:  Owned Living Quarters (Detailed Property Description) - Download All Files (6.155 MB)
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DS24:  Owned Living Quarters (Disposed-of Property) - Download All Files (4.337 MB)
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DS25:  Owned Living Quarters (Mortgage Payments) - Download All Files (6.403 MB)
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DS26:  Owned Living Quarters (Lump-Sum Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (4.52 MB)
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DS27:  Owned Living Quarters (Line of Credit Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (4.394 MB)
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DS28:  Owned Living Quarters (Ownership Costs) - Download All Files (11.108 MB)
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DS29:  Utilities and Fuels (Telephone Expenses) - Download All Files (8.042 MB)
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DS30:  Utilities and Fuels (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (4.341 MB)
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DS31:  Utilities and Fuels (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (19.214 MB)
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DS32:  Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (4.362 MB)
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DS33:  Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Job Description) - Download All Files (6.337 MB)
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DS34:  Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Purchase of Appliances) - Download All Files (4.448 MB)
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DS35:  Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Other Household Equipment) - Download All Files (5.511 MB)
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DS36:  Household Equipment Repairs and Service Contracts - Download All Files (4.468 MB)
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DS37:  Furniture Repair and Reupholstering - Download All Files (4.341 MB)
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DS38:  Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Purchases) - Download All Files (5.349 MB)
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DS39:  Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Rental or Leasing of Furniture) - Download All Files (4.334 MB)
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DS40:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing) - Download All Files (10.919 MB)
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DS41:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Infants' Clothing, Watches, Jewelry, and Hairpieces) - Download All Files (5.294 MB)
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DS42:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Sewing Materials) - Download All Files (4.488 MB)
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DS43:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing Services) - Download All Files (4.467 MB)
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DS44:  Rented and Leased Vehicles (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (4.371 MB)
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DS45:  Rented and Leased Vehicles (Detailed Questions for Leased Vehicles) - Download All Files (4.621 MB)
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DS46:  Owned Vehicles (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (18.46 MB)
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DS47:  Owned Vehicles (Disposed-of Vehicles) - Download All Files (4.451 MB)
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DS48:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Vehicle Maintenance and Repair) - Download All Files (6.576 MB)
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DS49:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Licensing, Registration, and Inspection of Vehicles) - Download All Files (4.689 MB)
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DS50:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Other Vehicle Operating Expenses) - Download All Files (6.544 MB)
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DS51:  Insurance Other Than Health (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (13.398 MB)
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DS52:  Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (5.873 MB)
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DS53:  Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Plans Not Paid by CU) - Download All Files (5.622 MB)
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DS54:  Medical and Health Expenditures (Expenses) - Download All Files (6.961 MB)
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DS55:  Medical and Health Expenditures (Reimbursements) - Download All Files (4.411 MB)
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DS56:  Educational Expenses (Expenses Paid Directly by the Consumer Unit) - Download All Files (5.44 MB)
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DS57:  Subscriptions and Memberships - Download All Files (5.284 MB)
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DS58:  Books and Entertainment Expenses - Download All Files (6.537 MB)
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DS59:  Trips and Vacations (Not Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (9.605 MB)
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DS60:  Trips and Vacations (Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (5.239 MB)
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DS61:  Trips and Vacations (Trip Expenses for Non-Consumer Unit Members) - Download All Files (4.438 MB)
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DS62:  Trips and Vacations (Local Overnight Stays) - Download All Files (4.353 MB)
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DS63:  Miscellaneous Expenses - Download All Files (6.73 MB)
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DS64:  Expense Patterns for Food and Beverages - Download All Files (7.563 MB)
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DS65:  Expense Patterns for Selected Services and Goods - Download All Files (8.061 MB)
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DS66:  Credit Liability (Second Quarter Only) - Download All Files (5.151 MB)
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DS67:  Credit Liability (Credit Balances) - Download All Files (4.676 MB)
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DS68:  Credit Liability (Credit Finances) - Download All Files (4.805 MB)
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DS69:  Aggregation File - Download All Files (4.431 MB)
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DS70:  Label File - Download All Files (4.337 MB)
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DS71:  Universal Classification Codes - Download All Files (4.358 MB)
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DS72:  Vehicle Make and Model - Download All Files (4.364 MB)
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DS75:  SAS Variance Program for All Consumer Units - Download All Files (4.353 MB)
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DS76:  SAS Variance Program for Single Specified Expenditure Item - Download All Files (4.344 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1996: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files. ICPSR02794-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02794.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile expenses, clothing, construction costs, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, credit, debt, demographic characteristics, durable goods, education expenditures, employment, energy consumption, families, fixed income, food costs, health expenditures, health insurance, home ownership, hospitalization, household appliances, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, housing costs, insurance, memberships, mortgage payments, property repairs, purchasing, recreation expenses, taxes, unemployment benefits, wages and salaries

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1996

Universe:   Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Starting with the 1994 collection, the Interview Survey and the Detailed Expenditure Files (EXPN) are released together in one data collection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This release includes files from the first quarter of 1997 in addition to the files containing data from interviews conducted during the four quarters of 1996.

The codebook is provided as an MSWord 7 file and as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, and the data collection instrument is also provided as a PDF file.

Methodology

Sample:   National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 78 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 77 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 74 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 73 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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